Do you want to be healed?

Do you want to be healed?

John 5:1-9 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Hebrew called Beth-za′tha, which has five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of invalids, blind, lame, paralyzed. One man was there, who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew that he had been lying there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is troubled, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your pallet, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his pallet and walked. As I re-read this Gospel passage, I try to move from being a mere...

Adam, where are you?

Adam, where are you?

For the past year, every morning I have been sending a short audio reflection on the daily Mass readings to my contacts, accompanied by some practical suggestions for how to embody the Gospel in everyday life. This new way of evangelization has helped me to pray better and to go deeper into knowledge of Holy Scripture. While preparing those reflections I was surprised by the realization that the very first question that the Apostles ask Jesus is: “Master, where do you live?”, which is also the very first question that God addressed to mankind in the book of Genesis “Adam, where are you?”; and I was even more surprised because He asked it after man had sinned and had hidden himself out of fear of God. “Adam, where are you?” God knows where Adam is....

The desires of the blind man

The desires of the blind man

“As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.” (Luke 18:35-43) This passage of Luke...